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Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu skips past Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Transfer news: Gerard Deulofeu could remain at Everton for second season, reveals Roberto Martinez

Deulofeu scored Everton's equaliser against Arsenal on Sunday, and Martinez has revealed that he can stay at Goodison Park for a second year if Barcelona allow him to

Stefan Kiessling will be the main threat to Manchester United on Tuesday, with the Bayer Leverkusen striker finishing last season as the Bundesliga's top goalscorer

Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United: David Moyes should be confident of taking at least a point back to Old Trafford but needs to be wary of Stefan Kiessling

Leverkusen are back in the Champions League after a year's absence and Kiessling will lead their attack after topping the Bundesliga goalscorer charts last season

Andre Schurrle

Waiting game over for Andre Schurrle as he prepares to make debut for Mourinho's Chelsea

Acquisition by Chelsea was approved by the one man whose approval he really sought – Jose Mourinho

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André Schürrle excited to work with Jose Mourinho

New Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is excited about the prospect of working with Jose Mourinho after becoming the Portuguese's first signing of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

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US Open 2013: The skies have it – Justin Rose joins Frank Lampard and Lionel Messi in the trend for a pointed celebration

Pointing to the skies in celebration is becoming ever more popular

Joachim Löw has been accused of a camp obsession with style

The Last Word: A crazy half-hour hardly means new Löw for Germany

It would be churlish to treat a freakish match as imploding a whole philosophy

Jakub Blaszczykowski’s traumas were downplayed by Adrian Chiles

Quotes of the Euros: "Jakub watched his father murder his mother... but he's bounced back"

Adrian Chiles set the tone but others followed suit with plenty more nonsense... plus the odd clever quip

Ballack has been criticised by the CEO

Bayer Leverkusen CEO critical of Michael Ballack

Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Michael Ballack has failed to deliver in his 20 months at the Bundesliga club after joining in 2010 from Chelsea, club CEO Wolfgang Holzhaeuser said today.

Arsène Wenger: The Arsenal manager called the draw with Milan 'difficult but exciting'

'Draw is difficult...but it's also exciting'

Wenger admits Milan tie is 50-50 while Villas-Boas says it could have been easier

Wayne Rooney is sent off for ‘assault’. His appeal over his three game ban will be heard this week by Uefa

Sam Wallace: If Uefa is concerned with fair play it has to reduce Rooney's ban

Talking Football: Rooney's offence was silly but to ban him for 50 per cent of a tournament is disproportionate

Manuel Friedrich's header beats Petr Cech

Heartbreak for Chelsea as Friedrich strikes late on

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Nottingham Forest unveil Steve McClaren

Former England head coach Steve McClaren was unveiled as the new Nottingham Forest manager at a press conference at the City Ground this morning.

Joachim Loew signals end of Michael Ballack's international career

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack's international career was ended by coach Joachim Loew today after he told the 34-year-old he was no longer in his plans because of the impact of the squad's younger players.

Ancelotti sacked in Goodison corridor by ruthless Chelsea

Club keen on Porto manager Villas-Boas after Italian is dismissed for 'falling short of expectations'
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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
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The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
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